Thursday, 29 June 2017

Why I chose to Self-Publish

It has been known for a while that I have always wanted to be traditionally published, or at least for me that was the way I believed it should go. I do at some point want to be traditionally published but I will get to that later in this blog post.

I have always wanted to write, and the love of the written word is something that I have never kept a secret. But sometimes I may have been to vocal about wanting to write and be publish, as what brought along with that was a lot of pressure to get things right. The pressure I’m speaking of came from no exterior source, the pressure I found upon myself was what I inflicted upon my own skills and ambitions.

So why did I choose to (seemingly) randomly self-publish a children’s book that I had never spoken about? Truth be told I have always spoken about everything I have been trying to write and I guess that puts more pressure on you to follow through. But for a while I have had lots of ideas for children’s books that have been burning away and I just decided to go with it. But I told no-one, simply because it was quite exciting to have this fun little secret project which was just mine. It was so freeing to not have the pressure of needing to publish and send it to an agent etc, it was my little writing project and I was doing it for the fun of it.

Originally had always looked at what publishers wanted and tried to fit my writing style into something that they would want to publish. Which sounds pretty obvious to me now, but it is totally the wrong way to go.

However the choice to self-publish my book was one of allowing myself complete control over the project which in turn allowed me to have so much fun with it. The writing was so much fun, and it became addictive which is a wonderful feeling to have with any creative project. The ideas were flowing, and thus ‘Naughty Cat’ was born.
I was in control of everything, and it is such a liberating feeling when you have control issues like I do. I am also a very creative person who has experience with Photoshop so I do all my own covers (for now anyway). The whole process is almost like ‘playtime’ because I am having so much fun with it. But I do still have a serious side to my writing because I still want a career and to eventually make a living out of it.

Not only am I writing children’s books, I am also writing self-help books. I have been very honest with my issues with mental health over the years and now that I feel I am in a good enough place I want to use my experience to help others.

I do still want to write romance, paranormal romance and fantasy novels at some point but right now I am having so much fun doing the self-publishing thing. It takes the pressure off when I am the only one that I need to answer to.

I now have two books out, ‘The Secret Diary of a Naughty Cat’, which will be a nice long series of books. I also have my first self-help book ‘How to gain Confidence and Overcome Fear’ which came out a little over a week ago. I do have a long list of books that I am in the process of writing and planning so the self-publishing bug has well and truly bitten me.

I am still learning and that just makes the whole process that much more fun.

I want to be a hybrid author one day, someone who self publishes and is traditionally published as well. So this is a nice little start to what will hopefully be a lifetime career.

Anyway, thank you for reading my little blog post, I really need to feed myself and then get some more writing done.

Have a great week folks.